Baptism: Meaning and Mode

Crowd at lake shore for baptism

The word “baptize” is a Greek word which has been adopted into the English language as part of our Christian vocabulary. The root word baptō means “to dip” or “dip into dye.” Baptizō is an intensive form of baptō and means “to dip” or “to immerse.” This word is used in the Greek translation of…
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Tithing for New Covenant Believers–Yes or No?

Offering plate with money in it.

Growing up I remember our pastor at First Baptist Church of Eugene (Oregon) exhorting the church members before taking the offering with the words, “Now we are ready to receive the Lord’s tithe and your offering.” A tithe was thought to be the basic minimum for Christian giving. The “offering” was regarded as a voluntary…
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Top Ten Books from Dr. J. Carl Laney

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The TransformedBlog asked the faculty of Western Seminary to give a brief list of the most influential books (other than the Bible) that they have read. Dr. J. Carl Laney, Professor of Biblical Literature, lists his 10 most influential books – other than those that he’s written:)   Walt Kaiser, The Promise Plan of God. This is a classic…
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Paul Was Not A Christian: Book Review


Paul Was Not A Christian, by Pamela Eisenbaum (Harper One, 2009). $15.99 Reviewed by J. Carl Laney I was struck by the title, Paul was not a Christian, when I came across this book in a book catalogue. Of course I agreed! Paul was a Jewish man who embraced Jesus as Israel’s Messiah and Savior.…
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Why Doesn’t God Answer My Prayers?

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After nearly two years of battling lymphoma, my friend asked to return home from the hospital and died two days later. I had prayed countless times for God to grant remission of the cancer. My family had prayed. Gary’s wife and family prayed. Our church family prayed. We all believed that God would be most…
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